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Monday's Man

  • Shear pleasure

    “One of my patients conned me into doing it,’ Bob Wilkinson said.

    That was 14 years ago. Now the 59-year-old from Rineyville said he’s completely hooked on the St. Baldrick’s experience.

    St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research through volunteers who have their heads shaved for pledges.

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month

    By Donny Gill

    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It’s as common in women as it is in men. This year, more than 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,310 will die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

  • Family doctor emphasized family atmosphere

    On Valentine’s Day, Elizabethtown family doctor Bernard Greenwell retired from his practice after more than 46 years, taking with him a lifetime of heartfelt memories.

    Crediting his staff of three — Kay Pashea, Jane Ford and Julia Mattingly — with being integral parts of the practice, Greenwell, 77, described a life and career that focused on family.

    Like each of his parents, Greenwell is one of 12 siblings, the third to be precise. He was born in his grandmother’s home near New Haven in Nelson County.

  • Copas invests time to make community a better place

    Kelly Copas’ time in the military gave him the desire to serve his community in retirement.

    He was born in Monroe County and joined the U.S. Army when he was 18. He spent 21 years in the service.

    Now at 41, Copas is the president of the North Hardin Lions Club.

    He uses his work with the Lions Club as a way to continue to give back to the community after his military career.

    “I looked at my military services as if I was giving back and helping others that weren’t able to serve,” he said.

  • Vietnam vet puts in full-time schedule to help others

    The biggest surprise for Butch Ferrell when he took on the role of commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, North Hardin Post 10281 about a year and a half ago, was the time commitment.

    The role required him to work eight to nine hours a day, he said.

    “We’re busy all the time,” Ferrell said.

    In his office at the Vine Grove VFW post, which has a membership of 953 and is the only VFW in Hardin County, Ferrell indicated numerous folders for the various programs and assistance offered by the organization.

  • Youth minister walks path, runs race

    Clark Hewitt not only keeps himself spiritually fit as an associate pastor at Grace Heartland Church, but also physically fit by competing in triathlons.

    Hewitt and his wife, Angela, have lived in Elizabethtown about 20 years. Originally from New York, Hewitt came to Grace Heartland Church after seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary.

    “Twenty years into it and I don’t want to go anywhere else. The community has been so good to us,” he said.

  • E'town medical director led to career by family

    Elizabethtown resident Anthony Abang comes from a family that includes many in the medical field, so it might have been a good bet he would join their ranks.

    Abang’s mother is a retired psychiatrist, his wife is a pharmacist, his sister and brother-in-law are in internal medicine, his brother is a pediatric dentist and his sister-in-law is a pulmonologist.

    But it was a spinal cord injury suffered by his father, an anesthesiologist, which led the 41-year-old to his specific area of medicine.

  • Trying times can reveal best, worst in people

    It is in the most difficult of times when true character is revealed. This is when you really begin to know what people are all about, how their hearts beat and who they share their hearts with.

    We are all faced with good times and bad. I have always believed to fully appreciate the good times you have to endure some bad times.

    Life often is unfair, as we know, but life is always good.

  • Neal Gibbs models leadership for students

    For Neal Gibbs, retirement launched a new focus on instilling leadership qualities in middle school students.

    Born in Brooklyn, and raised in North Carolina, a 27-year career in the Army brought Gibbs to Fort Knox. He was a 19 Delta Calvary Scout and retired as a first sergeant.

    Gibbs, 47, was preparing to retire from the Army while substitute teaching when a position teaching Junior Leadership Corps classes at North Middle School was created. The job, he said, sounded right up his alley.

  • Elizabethtown man's service doesn't end with military retirement

    Even as he served in the Army, Gary Miles knew when he retired he would want to “continue to serve in some capacity.”

    Miles fulfilled that goal by becoming executive director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and joining the Elizabethtown Lions Club, where he became president last year.

    It has been about 15 years since Miles retired from the military, where he served as an administrator and comptroller. He has been with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland ever since.